"After deciding on March 3 to facilitate humanitarian activities in Syria, the Federal Council has now issued a humanitarian exemption for the provision of certain services to Russian organizations," reads a statement on the Swiss government portal.
This is "the possibility to authorize the transfer of funds or economic resources to sanctioned individuals, companies or organizations, on a case-by-case basis, if deemed necessary to protect Swiss interests."
There are also exemptions from sanctions for the Rossiya Segodnya media group, as Switzerland does not plan to ban it from reporting. However, it will be banned from advertising in the country, Erik Reumann, spokesman for the Swiss Federal Department of Economics, told RIA Novosti.
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